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River cruise sales leap in China

Shanghai: River cruise specialists Avalon Waterways reports that Asia is witnessing growth in river cruise sales for 2013. Cruise sales in China for next year are up nearly 90 percent.
“As more travellers adopt river cruising as their preferred travel style, they want to broaden their experiences,” said Patrick Clark, managing director of Avalon Waterways. “Our new ships and itineraries on both Mekong and Yangtze Rivers give them the luxury they’re looking for, coupled with the exotic and enriching experiences they desire.”
On the Yangtze, Avalon said its travelers sail approximately 650 miles on the river featuring the Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge. In 2013, Avalon is partnering with Century Cruises to offer travelers two new ships. Avalon limits travellers to 20 people on each Century ship.
The Century Paragon (2012) and Century Legend (2013) feature a state-of-the-art propulsion system that decreases emissions as well as a pillar-less, multi-function lounge for unobstructed views, a large indoor swimming pool and staterooms with more than 300-square-feet of living space, including private balconies.  [09/08/12]

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